Nikon recently added a new entry level DSLR to its line up with the D3200. It is a significant upgrade to the very popular D3100, which as of now will not be phased out. Except for a different in price there are some significant upgrades to the D3200 which really make this an incredible camera for anyone new to DSLR photography. This article will describe the most significant changes made by Nikon.

Sensor Resolution

The biggest change to the D3200 is the huge increase in image sensor resolution from 14.2 megapixels to 24.2 megapixels. This is a massive 70% increase and puts many of the more professional DSLRs in the shadow. This allows you to print much larger sizes with extremely high clarity and sharpness.

It also reduces the need for very long focal length telephoto zoom lenses. With a decent 200mm lens you can simply use your photo editing software to crop in further while not losing too much detail. Most people will not need to the full resolution for their smaller prints so this is really viable and cost effective way to zoom in even closer.


On the D3100 the screen resolution left quite a bit to which for. With only 230k pixels it was OK, but a lot of consumer point and shoot cameras beat this resolution. On the D3200, Nikon have increased the resolution to 930k pixels. This gives you a much better view of your photos allowing you to zoom in much closer if you want to see details or make sure that the focus was correct.

Image Processor

This is where another significant upgrade was made with the latest Expeed 3 processor. This is the same processor behind the professional D4 and provides for incredibly fast image processing. This does however make it more likely that you camera slows down because of a slow memory card. If you are looking at buying this camera then it probably makes sense to buy a memory card with quite a fast write speed, especially if you plan on shooting in continuous mode quite a bit.


The D3200 has also seen its maximum ISO level boosted. On the D3100 it was ISO 3200, but now this goes up to ISO 6400. This may not be a feature that many people think of as important, but if you plan on taking many photos at low light and without a flash, then this can be very important.

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